Participants receive payments as support for their living and other expenses during this educational experience. Payment rates are determined by OREM and ORAU officials.
Payments for ORAU participants are paid bi-weekly or monthly according to a pre-determined schedule depending on program type. Monthly payments will be received on the last business day of the month.
You must sign up for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), i.e., direct deposit, for payments. The EFT Application form is included in your appointment packet. Payments will be electronically deposited to one account only. EFT requires you to have a U.S. bank account; we cannot transfer funds to foreign institutions.
If you enroll in the ORAU/ORISE health insurance plan , you can expect to have the monthly premium deducted from your stipend payment each month.
Because the educational benefits of the appointment are the primary focus of the program, the participant may not provide services for compensation to a third party that conflict with the appointment. Awards, prizes, scholarships, Veterans Administration benefits, and other payments may be accepted by the participant provided they do not represent dual payment for the same activity.
For information on tax liabilities and how to file federal tax forms, please contact a licensed tax professional in your jurisdiction. We recommend that you provide your tax preparer with a copy of the most recent Terms of Appointment.